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Gunner

Gunner, one of Blackbeard's officers.

"Zombies, dey be very obedient, but, I'm afraid, not so clever."
Tia Dalma[src]

Zombies were animated corpses, undead beings somehow raised from the dead by magical means, such as witchcraft. Devoid of feeling, efficient, and enduring like machines, zombies make ideal slaves for any form of tough physical labor. A zombie could be described as a re-animated corpse, and can sometimes be controlled by people who dabbled in Voodoo magic. A crew of zombie officers were under the command of the infamous pirate Blackbeard aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge.

History

Legend

Of Voodoo origin, the word initially referred to a curse cast by sorcerers allowing them to take control of a person's mind, therefore affecting his or her actions. However, due to significant influence of Voodoo on witchcraft mythology, this meaning soon morphed into that of a human corpse mysteriously reanimated to serve the undead.

Tia Dalma's zombies

Tia zombies

Tia Dalma's zombies attack Royce's men.

"You've got a zombie? All the rage among mystics these days, are they?"
Jack Sparrow to Tia Dalma[src]

The mystic Tia Dalma was fluent in making zombies. In one of his tales of adventure, Jack Sparrow unknowingly led the EITC Admiral Royce and his men to a place where Tia Dalma was performing a voodoo ritual. When Royce revealed his intention to take Tia Dalma to his superior, Lord Cutler Beckett, Jack turned against him, and Tia Dalma summoned a group of zombies from the jungle, who eventually killed Royce and his men.[1]

Prior to the quest for the Shadow Gold, Tia Dalma sent one of her zombies, Alex, to join Jack Sparrow and the crew of the Black Pearl to find the scattered pieces of gold. As a zombie, Alex's eyes were filmed over and clouded. Whenever he walked, bits of skin and flesh would drop off him.[2]

Blackbeard's officers

Main article: Zombie Officers
"That fellow seems odd. French, is my guess."
"He's been zombie-fied; Blackbeard's doing. All the officers are that way, keeps them compliant."
"And perpetually ill-tempered.
"
Jack Sparrow and Scrum[src]

The zombies that served as Blackbeard's officers aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge were created through Greek fire and practiced rituals of the dark arts. Blackbeard's most notable officers were the Quartermaster and Gunner. When the Quartermaster was zombiefied, he was gifted with a second sight, thereby gaining the ability to predict the future.[3] After Blackbeard's death at the Fountain of Youth, all of his zombies died with him.[4]

Biology and appearance

"The living and the dead aren't as separate as you think. Haven't you heard of a zombie before?"
Jean Magliore to the crew of the Barnacle[src]

From beyond the grave they have returned as empty vessels stirred to life, a zombie can be described as a re-animated corpse. Devoid of feeling, efficient, and enduring like machines, zombies make ideal slaves where they could be controlled by people for any form of tough physical labor. Sewn-up lips were one of the telltale signs that dark magic was at work, as some believed that the soul can escape the body through the mouth, so this precaution was taken to keep the spirit enslaved.[5]

As undead beings, zombies were immune to almost all sorts of conventional weapons. Sword stabs and pistol shots had no effect on them. Since they were technically walking dead, some of them were more or less decomposed. Some who were brought to life as zombies shortly after their death looked similar to normal human beings and retained more of their original personality than others.

Notable zombies

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